This is a primer on System Design written as a series to explain fundamental ideas. In this post, we discuss Horizontal and Vertical Scaling.
Our guest this week is Kalpana Sundar — Director of Product Management, Pricing at PayPal —who lives in San Jose. Kalpana's career trajectory is phenomenal, so are the lessons she’s picked up along the last decade. I am excited I discovered her and can't wait to share her thoughts.
I caught up with Sushma Padmanabhan — a Senior Product Manager at Intuit — for profiling her trail-blazing career. A native of Mumbai, she explored the nine yards of finance for a decade — from stockbroking, banking, insurance to taxes, before moving to Bengaluru for opportunities in FinTech. In 2008, Sushma joined Intuit as a US Tax Analyst.
An abrupt end to her career in military was the start of her fast-paced journey in product management. Brittany credits her mother's lessons on building relationships and finding a partner who supports her line of work.
I wrote to Silva Thom on the possibility of profiling her. We spent the next few weekends discussing her intensely unconventional journey into software and product management.
Got the chance to have a tete-a-tete with product management leader Jill Solley. Read what she has to say about her early experiences in tech and her advice for young women.
I talk to Rekha— a veteran Product leader based out of San Francisco about her journey into tech, transition into product management and mentoring women.
Sometimes, we all tend to feel like we don't have permission to tell our colleagues what's not working well. But three Saturdays ago, Apoorva and Partha from Quinnergy changed all that for me and a room full of people.
I love writing a startling heading. Jugaad is the gutsy art of overcoming harsh constraints to solve a problem using limited resources.- Harvard Business Review My constraints are a lack of a formal degree in Computer Science. My most limited resource is time. My problem is a bunch of unknown unknowns in software. I've been…
I've come to a grand conclusion that there is exactly one ongoing debate in the world. Don't ask me what I've been smoking. This debate gets reframed to suit different contexts. The ebullient young students debate on "Determinism vs Free Will". The mature social scientists and academics call it "Nature vs Nurture". If neither rings…